Eighth exodus of Kashmiri Pundits starts in Muslim majority valley

Srinagar: More Kashmiri pundits have fled Kashmir as panic spread after the targeted killing of Hindu employees climbs up in India’s only Muslim-majority region.

Reportedly the two Hindu employees were killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir over the last 72 hours which sparks the eighth exodus of the Hindus from the valley.

Avtar Krishan Bhat, president of a Kashmiri Pandit colony in Baramulla, said that around half of the 300 families living in the area had fled since Tuesday.

“They were terrified after yesterday’s killing. We will also leave by tomorrow as we are waiting for a government response,” he said. “We had asked the government to relocate us outside Kashmir.”

Residents said police had sealed off a Hindu area in Srinagar and stepped up security around places where Kashmiri Pandit government employees live.

Large Scale Exodus from Friday

Amid targeted killings of Kashmiri Hindus, the local Kashmiri Pandit employees will leave Kashmir en masse on Friday morning.

The employees living at various transit camps guarded by security personnel had called off the protest and decided to leave for Jammu, said Amit Raina, coordinator of the protesting employees.

The decision had been taken as the minorities were left with no option but to migrate, a Kashmiri Pundit living in the government camp said.

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